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5 Baby Name Trends For 2012
Babble ^ | November 21, 2011 | Monica Bielanko

Posted on 11/22/2011 12:29:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve always been fascinated by name trends. It’s interesting to see how certain names ebb and flow in popularity.

The name game is tough to win. If you hop on a trend, it could be cool for the first few years but, chances are, that name is going to feel dated when your child is reaching adulthood. That’s why I’ve always passed over fads for classic names. However, when naming my son a classic name I inadvertently hopped aboard a Hollywood trend. A twofer! Rare!

If you’re looking ahead to 2012 wondering what names are going to be all the rage, look no further. The creator of nameberry.com, Pamela Redmond Satran tells Huffington Post what the hottest trends for 2012 will be.

1. Combining Favorite Names. Most parents try to avoid super popular names. That can be tough when the great names surge up the list and your left between picking a name you love and having your daughter be one of four Avas in her class. The new trend, altering popular names slightly. As Satran says “Number 1 girls’ name Isabella gives rise to stylistically-related choices Arabella and Annabelle; Olivia, the top name in Britain, spawns spelling variation Alivia; Emma and Emily promote brother name Emmett.”

2. A slew of parents are looking to the animal kingdom to give their kids fearsome names. “Bear, Fox, Wolf, Lynx and a range of names from Leo to Lionel that mean lion, and then there are the perhaps-even-fiercer names like Breaker, Ranger, and Wilder.”

3. Sweet vintage names make a comeback. Especially names ending in ie. For example: Lottie and Hattie, Addie, Nettie and Nellie.

4. Modern hero surnames. Satran says Mariah Carey nailed it when she named her daughter Monroe, to honor her heroine, Marilyn Monroe. Other examples of surnames or heros in movies, life and literature used as first names: “Landry (as in football coach Tom), Gatsby (as in fictional hero The Great), and Palin (yes, as in her).”

5. 2012 will be the year of M names, Satran predicts. Examples: “Maeve, Magdalena, Maisie, Marguerite, Marlo/Marlowe, May, Mila, Millie, and Minnie, and for boys, Magnus, Micah, Miller, Milo, Montgomery, Moses and MONICA!


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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Strange ... there were not many names containing ‘kk’ or ending in ‘qua’. Whz up wit dat? :)


51 posted on 11/22/2011 1:31:03 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Grizzled Bear; null and void

Bex ping.


52 posted on 11/22/2011 1:34:47 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: ClearBlueSky

I saw a cashier once with a name tag that said Vendetta.


53 posted on 11/22/2011 1:39:32 PM PST by alnick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My dad worked at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in the 60s & 70s. There was a woman who gave birth there. She liked the sound of one of the words she heard during her delivery and decided to use it as her daughter’s name. Her daughter was named Placenta.


54 posted on 11/22/2011 1:40:10 PM PST by DukeBillie
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To: Jack of all Trades

Think he would ever waste a dad who named him Entropy? I would.


55 posted on 11/22/2011 1:42:07 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: al_c

I remember a sergeant in the Air Force many years ago whose last name was King. His first name was Nosmo


56 posted on 11/22/2011 1:42:47 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: freedumb2003

My given name and surname are both either first or last names. When a clerk thinks my name is the reverse of what it is he invariably spells both names right. When he gets the order wrong he spells at least one of them wrong and usually both.


57 posted on 11/22/2011 1:46:24 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: null and void

Hahah...poor kid with that one!


58 posted on 11/22/2011 1:46:36 PM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: ClearBlueSky

I was volunteering in a local middle school, and here are some names of a few girls:

Misdermeanor (Yes, that is how it was spelled) I wanted to ask if she had a sister named Felony or Fellonee.

Teaquila (clever spelling/sarc)

Promise Favors (I think the person(s) who named their baby daughter that should be beaten to a pulp—idiots.)

Those were just a few gems that caught my attention. OF course there were numerous Ahmeds and Mohammeds—I even saw one Barack—many Muslim sounding names from both boys and hijab-wearing girls. Surprise, surprise.


59 posted on 11/22/2011 1:47:23 PM PST by Shelayne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

4. Modern hero surnames. Satran says Mariah Carey nailed it when she named her daughter Monroe, to honor her heroine, Marilyn Monroe. Other examples of surnames or heros in movies, life and literature used as first names: “Landry (as in football coach Tom), Gatsby (as in fictional hero The Great), and Palin (yes, as in her).”

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Friend of mine had a boy 2 years ago. Named him Ripken. As in Cal.

Goes by Rippy.

(I’ve been nice. I’ve never spoke my mind on THAT.)


60 posted on 11/22/2011 1:51:10 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: arthurus

I know a guy whose last name is Sidebottom...no kidding. He was in the Army, and said they tortured him about his last name. “What are you? Some kind of military equipment box or something?”


61 posted on 11/22/2011 1:51:25 PM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Since my daughter deserves the coolness that has eluded me all my life, I am starting her off right with a trendy name: Baraque Obama Michellie Cougar Mellencamp.

Yes, she can--and will--thank me later.

62 posted on 11/22/2011 1:52:50 PM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As I do whenever I see a baby-naming thread:

http://notwithoutmyhandbag.com/babynames/index.html

“Baby’s Named A Bad, Bad Thing.” Enjoy.


63 posted on 11/22/2011 1:53:50 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: 21twelve

From what I hear, his boys kind of liked that...:)


64 posted on 11/22/2011 1:53:59 PM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: ClearBlueSky

My wife is a spec-ed teacher. She had a 5 year old in her class one year named Neosynephrine Nyquil. His mother had hazily seen the label and thought it would be a “majestic” name. Wife has a large collection of totally odd names from her 35 years in the classroom. Many would leave you sort of stunned on hearing or reading them and- “what were they thinking?” There are lots of Females and even a Male or two because ignorant or drugged mothers thought that word on the BC was the name the hospital had given the child and it was necessarily final. Seegar Stubbs was named for his father and grandfather. In the South it is a traditional name that goes back a l-o-o-o-ong ways in several Stubbs families. The really weird names for girls often happen because so often Daddy doesn’t care what the girl’s name is. He cares about his son. Mom is ignorant and or drugged when she fills out the BC or it is filled out for her.


65 posted on 11/22/2011 1:59:22 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Colonel_Flagg

The lady that runs the site to which I linked also has a “Bottom 25” for least-favorite baby names:

25: Cierra, Makynzi and Quinlynn, Quinylin and derivatives
24. “Cool names” (Vadan, Jaykyn)
23. Kakinston and Creighton
22. Scatman
21. Ruger
20. Bubba
19. Flower
18. Dacoda
17. Kaytaquana and others
16. Random Welsh Nouns
15. Irelynd
14. Oleo
13. Brooklyn
12. Blaze
11. Kryslyn
10. Laken
9. Cinsere
8. McKaty
7. D’Artagnan, Quillon, Griffon and Bayne
6. Abeus
5. Any name that has been changed by the parent after the child has been born
4. Taira Rose
3. Tierrainney
2. Toolio
1. Dusk

As for me: “Nevaeh”. Not even close.


66 posted on 11/22/2011 2:01:00 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I also remember Paul Harvey talking about silly names one time. He mentioned a guy named Hunter H. Hunter. Yeah ... the H. stood for Hunter.

One more ... I used to wait tables at a restaurant on Lake Travis. One of my coworkers was named Jingle Bell.


67 posted on 11/22/2011 2:07:49 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: 9422WMR

My sister worked as a nurse in a similar demographic hospital. One parent told her that her little girl’s name was “Pay-Ja-May”

“How do you spell that”?, my sister asked.

“Pajama”

:-)


68 posted on 11/22/2011 2:08:29 PM PST by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
As for me: “Nevaeh”. Not even close.

Especially if her last name is Hans.

My most hated would be Brianna, or Britney, or any derivative of those.

69 posted on 11/22/2011 2:09:38 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: alnick

“I saw a cashier once with a name tag that said Vendetta.”

I was waited on by a cashier in a market in Charleston, SC
whose name tag identified her as “Pepperoni”.


70 posted on 11/22/2011 2:16:08 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: 9422WMR
My husband and I have just begun watching The Walking Dead. One of the characters is a black man and I noticed in the credits that his first name is Irone.

It puzzled me, until I realized that it is probably pronounced "Irony".

71 posted on 11/22/2011 2:17:06 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: CodeJockey
Saw a LATRINA the other day in the arrests and warrants section of the newspaper.

LOL! I actually saw the same name, Latrina, when watching an episode of Say Yes to the Dress/Atlanta. I told my hubby, and he looked at me like I was nuts. How do you look at a little baby girl and name her something that will always make people think of a place to take a ----.

72 posted on 11/22/2011 2:22:04 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: LibertarianLiz

I must get in on this thread!! :-)

A school administrator SWORE he had encountered a student whose name was pronounced Shu - theed.

However, it was spelled SH*THEAD.

BWAHAHA!!!!!


73 posted on 11/22/2011 2:35:42 PM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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To: al_c
Nomar Garciaparra's first name is "Ramon" spelled backwards.

I had a distant cousin in the 19th century whose name was Parshandatha. The name came from Esther 9.7 where it is the name of one of the sons of Haman--but the name was given to a girl. I figure they opened up the Bible at random and took the first name they saw.

74 posted on 11/22/2011 2:40:59 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve worked with a Tequila and a Cinderella.


75 posted on 11/22/2011 2:50:02 PM PST by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mark my words, they’ll be some Levitras growing up in the ‘hood soon.


76 posted on 11/22/2011 2:50:25 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: OB1kNOb

My next door neighbor in Jeddah told us that when she was in grad school somewhere in SC, one of the girls in her class was named “Bo-Peep.” She swore it was true!


77 posted on 11/22/2011 2:54:30 PM PST by Ax
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My first name is that of a famous Revolutionary War battle, my middle that of a Dutch painter. (yea, I know, “WHAT WERE YOUR PARENTS THINKING?”) [I’m a “Junior”] My first name has two vowels together and, to those unfamiliar with it as a place name, looks like it might be pronounced in several different ways.

We moved a lot when I was a kid, so I was always in a new school, labeled either a Yankee or a Redneck (depending on which way we had just moved) and stuck with an invariably mispronounced first name. Not quite “A Boy Named Sue”, but you get the picture. I was a runt, to boot!

My surname is very, very common, but a Google search shows only about a dozen folks with my first and last names. None with my middle initial, let alone middle name. So, I guess there are some benefits to having a strange name.


78 posted on 11/22/2011 3:13:19 PM PST by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My half-sister was an administrator in a dental office. A woman came in with a baby named “First Time In.” I kid you not.


79 posted on 11/22/2011 3:17:48 PM PST by Excellence ( CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Le-A is pronounced LeDashA. Or food stamps for short. Or for sure.


80 posted on 11/22/2011 3:17:50 PM PST by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Ketchup?

:D


81 posted on 11/22/2011 3:19:33 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: Eaker; Allegra; TheMom

Potato.

Potato is a fine name in any language.


82 posted on 11/22/2011 3:21:08 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: rlmorel

Also-if you ever go into the military, God help you if you have a bizarre name...

Brings to mind a story about a Navy Chief who noticed a new seaman and barked at him “What’s your name sailor?” The seaman responded “John”. Chief scowled and said he doesn’t call anyone by their first name because it leads to a breakdown in authority and sailors are referred to by their last names only. So he barked again, “What’s your last name?” The seaman responded, “Darling. My name is John Darling, Chief”. “Okay, John, here’s what I want you to do...”


83 posted on 11/22/2011 3:23:28 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: humblegunner

Especially if the last name is Salad.


84 posted on 11/22/2011 3:32:18 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: arthurus
I remember a sergeant in the Air Force many years ago whose last name was King. His first name was Nosmo

Went to school at The Citadel with a guy by the name of Major Sergeant. In military fashion, class attendance roll call was called out as Sergeant, Major.

His Dad was a three up and three down known as Sergeant Major Sergeant.

Always wondered if he ever made it to Major Major Sergeant.

85 posted on 11/22/2011 3:33:38 PM PST by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom
Potato is a fine name in any language.

Your middle name by chance?

86 posted on 11/22/2011 4:08:57 PM PST by Eaker (Nothing even remotely praising Romney should be posted because one should stick to the truth.)
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To: Eaker; Allegra; TheMom
Your middle name by chance?

That would be Daniel.

He'll be arriving noonish tomorrow, the younger.

87 posted on 11/22/2011 4:13:33 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom
I wish my name was Potato Potato Potato.

Then this could be my theme song.

88 posted on 11/22/2011 4:20:39 PM PST by Lazamataz (Monkeys do not like getting slapped, contrary to popular belief.)
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To: Lazamataz

Seriously.....(yeah, I know, it’s laz), since I’ve lived through many name cycles I have discovered that there is no originality in picking names. When I named my daughter, I thought I was picking an old romantic name that would be nice but different. Turns out that in that generation there were gazillions of girls named Teresa or Kelly. Then came Ashley and Brianna, etc. My son and his wife worked very hard to find a name that would be different for their first child. She is now 7 and every other girl born at the same time is named Emma. The newest baby is Avery. Anybody know how many Averys there are now (boys and girls)? I say there is universal mind and thoughts are rarely original.


89 posted on 11/22/2011 4:40:54 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: WVNan
The thought of a Universal Mind is not an original thought. ;)

Seriously, I feel that there is a Universal Mind. We might even call it God.

90 posted on 11/22/2011 4:43:31 PM PST by Lazamataz (Monkeys do not like getting slapped, contrary to popular belief.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Living in Minnesota we nearly named our firstborn son Erlend Olaf but wiser counsels soon prevailed.

Cheers!

91 posted on 11/22/2011 5:21:40 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Chlamydia Champagne....and her sister Etiwanda, of course.


92 posted on 11/22/2011 5:39:45 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: LUV W

That would be bad.


93 posted on 11/22/2011 5:41:26 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

seems time for THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdmiZyyGjQ


94 posted on 11/22/2011 5:47:17 PM PST by ZinGirl
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I remember years ago hearing on Court TV about a murder victim named Malice Green.


95 posted on 11/22/2011 5:50:30 PM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
I thought so too...but then there was the story of

Justin and Ketchup 2 little OWSies.....:)

96 posted on 11/22/2011 5:53:05 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: ZinGirl

Now I need to barfanequa.


97 posted on 11/22/2011 5:55:43 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I have a son or daughter, I will name them “Butch.”


98 posted on 11/22/2011 5:58:20 PM PST by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Lazamataz

Of course. But I was thinking of how our individual minds are connected. Maybe our minds are connected in God. Deep stuff. Every time I get a great idea and I don’t act on it ASAP, then somebody else that I don’t even know will use that idea and profit from it. So, the early bird gets the worm. But we both picked the idea out of the universe of ideas at the same time. Yeah, I get the bazaar ideas about Cosmic workings from time to time. Are you sure we’re not related?


99 posted on 11/22/2011 6:20:38 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: WVNan

Proof reading is my friend.....repeat 1000 times. Never mind spelling.


100 posted on 11/22/2011 6:23:10 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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